Living & Working In The London (region)
Living in London (region)
As the capital of England London has a massive population (8.8 million) and attracts an enormous number of tourists every year because of its rich history, attractions and culture. It’s the cultural and economic hub of the UK and also the most diverse region. It’s arguably the most exciting city to live in the UK, with an incredible array of activities that no other city can rival.
Cost of living in London (region)
Living in London is notoriously expensive. The average house price is £491,000, which means that a large proportion of those living there choose to rent. Leisure activities, such as drinking and eating out, are also considerably more expensive then regions in the North, but the London Living Wage is also higher to combat this. Public transport is also very reliable in the city, which removes the need for a car and means this expense can be saved.
Renting Prices in London (region)
The rental prices in London vary considerably depending on what area you are in and generally those closer to the centre will cost more. The average is £1537 pcm, but you can find areas that are much cheaper than this. The majority of people live in flatshares, meaning their rent is half of a third of the total price of the flat. The average person renting in London pays around £700 per month.
Types of jobs in London (region)
Nightlife in London (region)
The nightlife in London is varied and will have something for everyone, no matter what your taste is. From techno to reggae to David Attenborough themed nights (yes, really) and everything in between, you’ll be sure to find a night dedicated to it in London. It’s known for its diversity, but as we have already mentioned, it can be considerably more expensive than the rest of the country.
Notable Attractions in London (region)
London Eye:An iconic attraction, the Coca-Cola London Eye offers amazing views across the city from 135m up.
Buckingham Palace: It’s the dwelling of Queen Elizabeth, centre of state occasions and a popular tourist attraction. The state rooms in this magnificent building are open to visits throughout the summer and selected dates in the winter.
Warner Bros Studio: Offers an incredibly popular ‘making of Harry Potter’ studio tour, that’ll transport you into the mystical world of Hogwarts and reveal some of the secrets of the film’s production.
Madame Tussauds: One of London’s top tourist attractions, in Madame Tussaud’s waxwork museum you can mingle with the stars and get your picture taken with the Queen, Simon Cowell, and Zoella all in one building.
Tower of London: Historic tower located near the River Thames, it has a varied history, including the execution of Anne Boleyn and it is also where the crown jewels are kept.
The Shard: The Shard is Western Europe’s tallest building, standing at an impressive 306m high. There’s an observation deck in the building that is 243m up, allowing an excellent view of London’s landmarks.
Kensington Palace: Kensington Palace is one of the Royal residences and used to be home to Queen Victoria and other aristocrats such as King George and Queen Anne. Nowadays the palace is a tourist attraction (as well as being home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children), offering a selection of immersive experiences.
London Dungeon: A selection of live actors, rides and special effects make this a memorable and exciting journey into the more gruesome history of London.
Windsor Castle: Windsor Castle has been home to 39 monarchs since it was founded in the 11th Century. It is still used by the Queen today during her private weekends, and was the recent royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Westminster Abbey: One of the UK’s most notable religious buildings, with striking gothic architecture. It is still used today for coronations, royal weddings and funerals.
Houses of Parliament: An incredible place encapsulating 1,000 years of political history that is still a crucial part of our society and a place where major political decisions are made.
Big Ben: This has been an iconic part of central London for eons. Ben is actually the name of the bell inside the clock tower, not the tower itself.
Wembley Stadium: Wembley Stadium is the largest stadium in England, and opened in 2007. It hosts a number of large-scale sporting events, and the FA cup final.
National Gallery: Located in Trafalgar Square, the collections in this gallery begin from the mid 13th Century and consist of more than 2,000 paintings.
Kew Gardens: Kew claims to be the most diverse botanical garden in the world and is well worth a visit. It attracts more than 1.3 million visitors a year and is a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of London, without physically having to leave the city.
Shakespeare’s Globe: This is a recreation of the theatre that Shakespeare plays were originally performed in during the 17th Century. It’s open-air, so come prepared if you’re in the pit during a rainy season.
Somerset House: Somerset house is an elegant and graceful venue that hosts a range of art exhibitions throughout the course of the year. It also has live music, a giant film screen in the summer and an ice rink in the winter.
Tate Britain and Tate Modern:Tate Britain is the most famous Tate museum, holding an impressive collection of British art from the 1500s to the present day. Its counterpart, the Tate Modern, is housed on the Southbank and hosts an eclectic exhibition schedule as well as an impressive permanent collection.
Natural History Museum:The Natural History Museum is a fun, interactive museum that explores the history of the natural world and how we understand it today. It’s the most popular free museum in Britain.
Education institutions in London (region)
Birkbeck, University of London
Central Film School London
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
Courtauld Institute of Art
University of East London
University of Greenwich
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Imperial College London
King’s College London
London Metropolitan University
Met Film School
Queen Mary, University of London
Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Dance
Royal Holloway, University of London
Royal Veterinary College (University of London)
SOAS, University of London
St Mary’s University College
University of the Arts London
UCL (University College London)
University of West London
University of Westminster